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Image: Conceptual representation for the detection of bacteria concentration and proliferation. The electrical signal of the resonator is analyzed through a vector network analyzer (VNA) to gather resonant profile for bacteria in different concentrations and environmental pH, and for long-term screening of their growth (Photo courtesy of the University of British Columbia).

Inexpensive Biosensor Provides Rapid Diagnosis of Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infection is a common problem throughout hospitals around the worlds. Every hour of delay in antibiotic treatment increases the mortality rate of patients by 7.6% with sepsis and septic shocks. More...
11 Dec 2018
Image: A histopathology of Strongyloides stercoralis in the duodenum (Photo courtesy of Dr. Raul S. Gonzalez, MD).

Strongyloidiasis Antibodies Found in Transplant Donors

Strongyloidiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by a parasite, which is endemic in most parts of the world. It can cause a life-threatening disease among immunosuppressed individuals and can be transmitted from solid organ transplant (SOT) donors to recipients. More...
10 Dec 2018
Image: The automated ELISpot reader allows analyzing both enzymatic and fluorescent (FluoroSpot) based EliSpot assays (Photo courtesy of Autoimmun Diagnostika).

Dengue Virus Specific T-Cell Responses Correlated with Disease Severity

Dengue virus (DENV) is the cause of the most common mosquito-borne viral infection worldwide, and over half of the global population live in areas where there is intense dengue transmission putting them at risk of dengue infection. More...
04 Dec 2018
Image: The BD Phoenix identification and susceptibility combo panels (Photo courtesy of Becton, Dickinson and Company).

Phenotypic Test Identifies Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPO) are gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, which are commonly used for severe or high-risk bacterial infections. Mortality related to CPO infection is quite high around the world, with reported rates from 22% to 72%. More...
04 Dec 2018
Image: The Kalazar Detect Rapid Test for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is a rapid immunochromatographic strip assay for the qualitative detection of antibodies to L. donovani complex in human serum to aid in the presumptive diagnosis of VL (Photo courtesy of InBios).

LAMP Assay Validated for Visceral Leishmaniasis

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is one of the most neglected infectious diseases with an annual incidence of 50,000 to 90,000 new cases worldwide. Cases of VL are characterized by irregular bouts of fever, weight loss, hepatosplenomegaly, hypergammaglobulinemia, pancytopenia and anaemia. More...
03 Dec 2018
Image: The nCounter platform provides a simple and cost effective solution for multiplex analysis of up to 800 RNA, DNA, or protein targets from diverse samples (Photo courtesy of NanoString).

Highly Multiplexed Broad Pathogen Assay Detects Infectious Diseases

Identifying the causative agent in an acute febrile illness can be challenging diagnostically, especially when organisms in a particular region have overlapping clinical presentation or when that pathogen’s presence is unexpected. More...
29 Nov 2018
Image: The ALPHA Histoplasma Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) test kit (Photo courtesy of IMMY).

Diagnostic Accuracy of Histoplasma Urine Antigen Assay Evaluated

Histoplasmosis is an endemic mycosis in many regions of Latin America. In the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected population it manifests as progressive disseminated histoplasmosis (PDH), an entity hard to diagnose since the causative fungi, Histoplasma capsulatum, is slow growing and requires advance biosafety for its handling. More...
29 Nov 2018


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